Thursday, July 23, 2009

One of *THOSE* Days

quilt progress - facing

Yesterday was one of *those* days. The kind of day that erases all thoughts, wants, and wishes of thankfulness for the life I have. Monday I was all calm and peaceful, feeling so good about things and Wednesday just pulled the rug out from under me. Forty seven days, people. Forty SEVEN days and school will be back in session.

I can't even say what was so bad about it. The days blend together so much this time of year. I think it was the constant bickering centered around the middle child that had my jaw clenched. The new meds don't seem to be doing much good for him. In fact, we are seeing a new symptom now, annoyance. Everything, right down to Lauren breathing, gets on his nerves if he isn't being allowed to do exactly what he wants in a moment. I limit his computer playing to two hours a day, 1 in the morning 1 in the afternoon. He could play for hours on end if I let him, and some days I think I should. It sure as hell would be a lot easier. But, I think it is wrong. I think it is neglectful. And I don't think my kids should be parented by a computer screen. They need to get off their bums and go outside. Use their imaginations... play catch... explore the woods... ride their bikes... anything but sit in the computer room on a beautiful day zapping orks.

And all day, all I wanted to do was work on something special for HIM! Andrew's 10th birthday is next week and I am trying to get his quilt done in time. I finished the facing and the back throughout the day yesterday and even got to start some of the stippling.

I refuse to wake up to a new day hopeless though. Today is a different day. Today can be different. Even if it is as bad as yesterday... it has a chance to be a good day. That is my motto. It is pouring out which means I think a movie day is in order. We haven't seen Night At The Museum 2 yet. It also means I didn't get to run this morning in the thunder and lightning. (Maybe it will dry up enough to be able to run this afternoon.)

For those of you having *those* kinds of days too... misery loves company. Feel free to gripe in the comments. Get it off your chest and face the day with the power that you aren't alone. That sounds so corny, LOL.

8 comments:

Cindy said...

Love the quilt, the colors, the pattern, etc. GOOD JOB! HAppy birthday to Andrew next week.

Lorelei said...

GAH!
Booo to the bad days.
Today hasn't been that great. Started it off with a pretty uneventful 7:20am doc appt., 1 unexpected tetanus shot, not enough coffee, immediate chaos upon coming to work, and an unfortunate email to a friend declining an invite to a long planned party this weekend, with the result being a very very upset friend.

Eileen said...

hey kerry...first of all...the quilt looks amazing...i love the way it is turning out!...

yes, you are right...today is a new day...remember one thing...you can always start YOUR day over no matter how the world outside is acting or behaving...stick to your truth and take care of kerry...i admire your effort to keep your kids rich and full of adventure...

enjoy the movie...we did!...

Shannon said...

Love the quilt! I'm getting started on my first one soon.

I hate those days, and I've been having a few of them lately. LEt's just say it's very hard to deal with a whiny 2.5 yr. old that needs a nap and should go to bed at 8:30 now matter how much they want to play with their Little People Castle. IT WILL BE THERE WHEN YOU WAKE UP! That felt better.

Today is a new day, and whether or not you can see it, the sun is up in the sky, and somewhere birds are singing. Build a fort and watch some great kids movies! Maybe even a few old musicals?

Jennifer Cameron said...

So sorry for your day! On the bright side, the quilt is amazing!

You are an unbelievable Mom and unfortunately doing the right thing is usually not the easy thing to do.

Cindy said...

Hey Kerry
That quilt is really coming along! I'm sorry you're having a bad day or two...you know I can relate! But...I'll need to stop visiting this blog if you keep counting down the precious days of summer! I don't want it to end and as crazy as it gets around here, it's going by way too fast. Sorry I missed your call...we need to catch up! :-)

Karen said...

I had one of THOSE days this week too - only it was virtually opposite to yours. I walked into a big name office supply store, and was horrified to almost trip over the back-to-school supplies! I was asked if I needed a clipboard for the list, or a cart to put it all into! No! No! and No! It was only July 20th! I had been on summer vacation for less than 3 weeks! Less than 1/3 of my vacation, and I was being reminded of how soon I would have to go back to work! I can empathize with your frustration of dealing with your three (push each other's buttons) children. Ten months of the year, I deal with 30 of them at a time - I teach junior high (ages 12-14). I was not joyous at the reminder of how soon I must go back to all their 'smiling' faces.

Pretty Things said...

I feel guilty that Zack wants to spend time playing a video game, but I can't send him outside to play alone (no fences, subdivision with cars that care naught for the speed limit)... we do a ton together but there are times when I'm glad he can entertain himself.

The one thing I don't have is a computer/game system in his room. None of us even go upstairs except for a bath or to go to bed. So at we're all around each other, which is good -- or bad, depending upon the day!